Production of Z0 bosons in elastic and quasi-elastic ep collisions at HERAPhysics Letter B (2013)
The production of Z0Z0 bosons in the reaction ep→eZ0p(⁎)ep→eZ0p(⁎), where p(⁎)p(⁎) stands for a proton or a low-mass nucleon resonance, has been studied in ep collisions at HERA using the ZEUS detector. The analysis is based on a data sample collected between 1996 and 2007, amounting to 496 pb−1496 pb−1 of integrated luminosity. The Z0Z0 was measured in the hadronic decay mode. The elasticity of the events was ensured by a cut on ηmax<3.0ηmax<3.0, where ηmaxηmax is the maximum pseudorapidity of energy deposits in the calorimeter defined with respect to the proton beam direction. A signal was observed at the Z0Z0 mass. The cross section of the reaction ep→eZ0p(⁎)ep→eZ0p(⁎) was measured to be σ(ep→eZ0p(⁎))=0.13±0.06(stat.)±0.01(syst.) pbσ(ep→eZ0p(⁎))=0.13±0.06(stat.)±0.01(syst.) pb, in agreement with the Standard Model prediction of 0.16 pb. This is the first measurement of Z0Z0 production in ep collisions.
Publication DateJanuary 8, 2013
Citation InformationMargarita Mattingly and Zeus Collaboration. "Production of Z0 bosons in elastic and quasi-elastic ep collisions at HERA" Physics Letter B Vol. 718 Iss. 3 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/margarita_mattingly/3/